Woodwork Wonders by Fritz Baumann
Explore the artistic world of Fritz Baumann carved wood collection which unites archaic forms with a modern interpretation of the oldest furniture of mankind.
The artistic world of Fritz Baumann unites archaic forms with a modern interpretation of the oldest furniture of mankind.
Fritz Baumann’s carved wood collection includes sculptured seats and bowls which are expressive studies of nature, being created in a reduced style showing Japanese influence.
Green, uncured oak tree trunks are Fritz Baumann's favourite types of wood, and are then inspected and studied to find the optimal form of the stool. Baumann brings the pieces in their rough form to his workshop in the country outside Munich for a long drying process, where the wood looses its tension, can split and bend to find it's very own form.
These irregularities are just what make these objects unique.
As a contrast to the rough surfaces of the sides, the seats are planed completely smooth.
If a split occurs while drying he fixes it with dovetails, thus transforming an imperfection into a special feature.
Wood finishing is what instills a special aura into Fritz Baumann's products: from spalting wood with fungus, to colouring some stools with rust water and bleaching others in hydrogen peroxide or emphasising the wood grain with a white lime wash, his unique pieces look as if they have experienced a lot – and that they certainly have.